Antique and Vintage Automatic Electric Telephones

Automatic Electric was founded in 1891 as Strowger Automatic Telephone Exchange Company by Kansas City resident Almon Strowger, who invented the first automatic (dial) telephone switch in 1889, and a businessman named Joseph Harris. For decades, AE was a leading supplier of telephone equipment to independent (non-Bell) telephone companies across the United States. Strowger’s first automatic phones were installed in La Porte, Indiana, in...Continue Reading